Michy Batshuayi could’ve had five goals and Antonio Rudiger hardly put a foot wrong as Chelsea (U23 / Reserves / Development Squad, call them what you will) dominated Liverpool U23 at Stamford Bridge in the PL2 on Monday night. Andy Myers’ side now have two wins from the first two league games of the season, with two clean sheets.
With Frank Lampard and staff in attendance, the Boys in Blue put on quite a show, especially down the left side through Juan Castillo and Tino Anjorin, who are the next two superstars loading from the Academy. Anjorin finished with a goal and an assist while Castillo had a
hand foot in just about every good attacking move from the Blues — and there were quite a few of those! — and should’ve picked up at least two assists as Batshuayi wasted a few clear cut chances.
Chelsea’s third-string striker, who was looking to get some minutes under his belt after not featuring in any of the three games so far, did get on the scoresheet twice, first with a delicious chipped finish after a nice long ball from Rudiger and a big misplay by the goalkeeper...
...then by leathering the ball into the roof of the net after some spectacular play from Castillo and Anjorin.
Anjorin then added a third with a solo effort. Remember the name!
Both Batshuayi and Rudiger played the full 90, which was especially great to see from the center back, who was making his return to the pitch after recovering from meniscus surgery this summer. The center back didn’t have much to do, but formed a solid partnership with young Marc Guehi and kept Liverpool’s highly rated duo of Rhian Brewster and Harvery Elliot very, very quiet.
Chelsea: Cumming, Lamptey, Rüdiger, Guehi, Maatsen, Mola, Uwakwe, Gilmour, Batshuayi, Anjorin, Castillo.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) August 19, 2019
Subs: Lavinier, Žiger, Brown, Ballo, McEachran. pic.twitter.com/MPQaqgywtK
Midfielder Billy Gilmour and right back Tariq Lamptey also impressed for the Blues, though everyone player very well on the whole. Those watching will surely have been pleased.